A few years ago Marilyn Beard of Just Making Noise wrote about how she was drying orange slices. I’ve done that to use the slices as Christmas tree decorations but the thought of eating those dried discs never occurred to me.
Marilyn has a cool blog with great ideas, so we HAD to give this a try. Besides, it seems that near the end of citrus season we always have more oranges than we can reasonably consume. The quantities are high and the prices are low. I have no willpower to resist.
Our food dehydrator is always ready to use on demand which makes it so easy to give a new idea a quick try. With our first batch of orange slices the color was bright and the texture crispy. We ended up with a gallon of dried slices and a kitchen that smelled heavenly.
The real measure of success in this house is not how lovely a food is or how good it smells, but will someone actually eat it. We brought out the dried orange slices in the fall when the bulk of the summer fruit harvest was gone. The orange slices were gobbled along with dried apple and pear slices. “Yum! Put some of those in my lunch bag,” my grandson suggested.
Thank you, Marilyn! We add a new member to the dried fruit stash we keep in the pantry.
This is so absurdly easy, you will want to give it try.
Here's a simple method to dry your oranges in slices.
Wash and dry oranges.
Slice oranges into 1/4 inch thick rings.
Pick out any seeds.
Arrange the slices on the dehydrator trays and set the heat to about 110 degrees.
Depending on how large your oranges are, your dry time may be up to two days. Start checking after the first day. They are done when they are free of moisture.
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A: Store your dried oranges in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid (plastic will work too). Place them in a cool, dark pantry.
A: Your oranges will last about two years if they were dehydrated and stored properly.
A: As the dried orange slices age, the color of the fruit portion will darken and they will get a bit more “crinkly.” You can still use them.
A: They sure might if they were not thoroughly dried! You should be able to see and smell the mold in your jar of dried oranges. Compost them if they mold. Clean the jar well.
A: Yes, the sugars are in the fleshy portion of the fruit and will be like little sugar nuggets when they are dehydrated.
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